Traffic Cop Questioned in Encinitas

First, I know of no street cop that makes $250 k. Their bosses maybe (Lt and abv). Second, you can't get hired anywhere in southern Ca as a cop with only a GED. It just doesn't happen. Maybe, in Imperial county where no intelligent life exists, but not in metropolitan Southern Ca. BTW most of the agencies in Southern Ca. require at a minimum an AA or AS to be considered for a position, and with the fierce competition for these jobs a lot of agencies are only selecting persons with a BA or BS. As for the minimum wage worker, SO WHAT!!!!! Don't violate the law! Don't park over the time limit or where you're not supposed to. In other words, iIf you can't do the time, don't do the crime. Your assertion that cops make $250 k with OT is laughable, as I said maybe Lt's and above but your typical street cop at best makes $150 k with OT and thats working double or most likely triple the standard work year of 2080 hrs based on a 40 hr work week. So, for someone that in reality has a fairly high skill set and puts their life on the line every time they go to work, I think it's money well spent compared to someone with NO SKILLS makin bagels, flippin burgers, makin tacos, mowin lawns, etc... BTW minimum wage should be abolished or seriously reduced and let the market decide a fair wage. Oh yeah, did the cop in the original byline mouth off, unprofessionally? I don't know but if as Hamster asserts that he did, the cop needs some time to reconsider his actions maybe a day or two on the beach (for the uninitiated that's cop speak for suspension without pay). Unprofessional conduct as a cop is intolerable and needs to be addressed. No matter how pissed you get as a cop you can't run your mouth (even if it makes you feel better), and believe me there are plenty of people out there like the Hamster that enjoy pissing of the cops, and responding in kind shouldn't be done.
— July 22, 2012 12:49 p.m.

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